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Just for fun - 30 minutes of probe data
NickF
post Nov 9 2009, 10:01 PM
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Suppose you could have 30 minutes worth of robotic probe data from any object in the Solar System (either in orbit around it or from the surface). The technology used should not be significantly advanced from that in use today (no tachyon scanners). What target would you choose, and why?

I think my choice would have to be a mini-submarine in the sunless seas on Europa equipped with a video camera (and a suitably strong source of light), a hydrophone and a mass spectrometer. Imagine hearing the creak of the ice, catching a glimpse of something unexpected on the camera and MS data of unusually complex organic molecules.

Well I can dream, right? wink.gif


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post Nov 10 2009, 08:31 AM
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Would a lake front spot on Titan really look dramatically different to a scene from Earth?

I think I would go for a volcano on Io or maybe the view from the top or bottom of here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verona_Rupes
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- NickF   Just for fun - 30 minutes of probe data   Nov 9 2009, 10:01 PM
- - ugordan   Europa would be my first choice, too. Getting anyt...   Nov 9 2009, 10:41 PM
|- - NickF   QUOTE (ugordan @ Nov 9 2009, 10:41 PM) My...   Nov 9 2009, 11:54 PM
- - djellison   Europa ocean as well for me Take the Beagle 2...   Nov 9 2009, 10:56 PM
- - Juramike   My vote would be for a surface image and chemical ...   Nov 9 2009, 11:13 PM
- - ngunn   For sheer spectacle I'd sit on well placed rim...   Nov 9 2009, 11:13 PM
|- - DDAVIS   I would place a probe with a TV camera near a Mart...   Nov 9 2009, 11:57 PM
- - Geert   The shore of one of the lakes on Titan, overlookin...   Nov 10 2009, 12:37 AM
- - ElkGroveDan   I think a powerful multispectral imager from the s...   Nov 10 2009, 12:59 AM
- - Sunspot   Would a lake front spot on Titan really look drama...   Nov 10 2009, 08:31 AM
- - machi   So much interesting objects in our Solar system...   Nov 10 2009, 03:45 PM
- - climber   Solar system you said. Is Earth eligible? Europa a...   Nov 10 2009, 04:40 PM
|- - centsworth_II   QUOTE (climber @ Nov 10 2009, 11:40 AM) ....   Nov 10 2009, 10:46 PM
- - imipak   QUOTE (NickF @ Nov 9 2009, 11:01 PM) ...(...   Nov 10 2009, 10:29 PM
|- - NickF   QUOTE (imipak @ Nov 10 2009, 10:29 PM) In...   Nov 10 2009, 11:31 PM
- - Michael Capobianco   In addition to all the other great places, especia...   Nov 10 2009, 11:19 PM
- - mchan   Pack today's state of art remote and in-situ i...   Nov 12 2009, 06:07 AM
|- - Hungry4info   QUOTE (mchan @ Nov 12 2009, 12:07 AM) Usi...   Nov 12 2009, 07:55 AM
|- - centsworth_II   QUOTE (Hungry4info @ Nov 12 2009, 02:55 A...   Nov 12 2009, 08:12 AM
|- - Hungry4info   QUOTE (centsworth_II @ Nov 12 2009, 02:12...   Nov 12 2009, 08:19 AM
- - nprev   I gotta go with 30 minutes of broadband data from ...   Nov 12 2009, 07:32 AM
- - belleraphon1   Whoa… way too much to choose from…. From a lava ...   Nov 13 2009, 12:05 AM
- - charborob   30 minutes inside Saturn's rings should be int...   Nov 16 2009, 04:09 PM
|- - PFK   Got to be something I'll never see in my lifet...   Nov 16 2009, 10:39 PM
- - AndyG   How about a thirty-minute sequence flying through ...   Nov 17 2009, 09:38 AM
- - Bjorn Jonsson   I'd probably want a Titan lander on an interes...   Nov 19 2009, 12:22 PM


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